November 3rd, 1918

Dear Mum,  

Just a few lines to let you know how I am getting on. I have got a job for 6 months in England at one of the training battalions. So I will be about certain to see the war out over here. I came over from France yesterday and am on my way down to the camp today. I don't see how the war can last more than a couple of months at the most. Germany is getting a proper doing and she can't possibly hold out on her own. It will be a pity if the army can't get into Germany before peace and blow a few of her towns about the same as she done to France. I would like to see some of them turned into shell holes. I had a letter from Hector McClelland the other day. He had just landed in England so I don't suppose he will see any fighting anyhow it's a pretty neutral unit he is in. About 4 miles behind the lines is the closest they get. It's raining like blazes today. I suppose it's the beginning of the winter. I will be nicely set for winter in a good camp.I don't suppose we will get home for about 12 months after the war is over. You will be receiving a cable for some cash in a day or two. I will get another 14 days leave down at the camp so will need some money. Holidays are pretty expensive I can tell you.

Will write in a few days and send my address at present and my letters to the same address.

I remain your aff son,